Monday, October 04, 2010

Get Your Kid's Fishing Picture on the Cover of Next Year's Regulation Booklet!

(from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR SPORT FISHING REGULATIONS BOOKLET YOUTH COVER PHOTO CONTEST

Would you like a photograph of your child to appear on the cover of the 2011 sport fishing regulations? The Division of Sport Fish is now accepting entries for its annual cover-photo contest. Winning images will appear on three 2011 regional sport fishing regulations booklets, with young anglers and photographers credited inside.

To be considered for the cover, photos must feature one or more youths sport fishing or demonstrating what sport fishing means to them. The primary person in the photo must have been younger than age 18 when the photo was taken and must be an Alaska resident. Pictures that include advertisements or contain people performing illegal acts or acts that the Department of Fish and Game considers inappropriate for sport fishing regulations covers will not be included in the contest.

Photos can be e-mailed to dfg.dsf.AquaticEd@alaska.gov. The subject line of the e-mail must include the city which the person is from or the location the photo was taken. Electronic submission size is limited to less than 10MB. Please limit the number of entries to a maximum of three pictures per person.

Hard copies may be sent to:
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
ATTENTION: Jay Baumer
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99518

With hard copy or electronic submissions, please include: a brief description of the fishing adventure (what, when, where), name and age of person(s) in the photo, name of the person who took the photo, and contact information. Submissions should be received at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game or e-mailed no later than 5 p.m. November 1, 2011.

Three regional regulations booklets are included in the contest: 1) “Southcentral Alaska,” which covers the Prince William Sound, Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna Valleys, and Anchorage region; 2) “Kodiak,” which covers the Kodiak Island, Alaska Peninsula, and the Aleutian Islands region; and 3) “Bristol Bay,” which includes Bristol Bay from Pilot Point to Togiak.

For more contest information, contact Jay Baumer at (907) 267-2265 or jay.baumer@alaska.gov

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Russian River bear awareness campaign update

Russian River Bear Awareness Campaign Update 4/22/2010

Due to excessive encounters with brown bears who become habituated to feeding on whole salmon carcasses anglers throw back into the Russian River, the five fish-cleaning tables on the Russian River upstream from the confluence with the Kenai River were removed in 2009.

Only four fish-cleaning tables were left in place, one on each side of the ferry crossing of the Russian River, and two at the Russian-Kenai confluence. Anglers were asked to pack fish out whole if possible, or to thoroughly chop fish carcasses into smaller pieces before tossing them back into the river(s).

"Unless carcasses are returned into river in a form where they're not available as food to brown bears, we'll continue to have problems," said ADFG biologist Jeff Selinger.

Results were mixed. While there were fewer bear encounters and less carcasses in the Russian River upstream of the Kenai confluence, few anglers chopped fish into smaller pieces before returning them to the rivers, and according to Selinger, "carcass-loading was terrible." 

The removal of fish tables and asking anglers to chop up fish carcasses or haul fish out whole, was an interim step to lessen brown bear habituation and enounters with anglers, and additional changes are under review.

Please do your part if fishing the Russian River to reduce bear encounters.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Halibut bag limits and regulation changes for halibut charters in Southeast Alaska


Anglers wanting to go on a halibut fishing charter in area 2C (shown on map) in southeast Alaska, which includes trips from Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau and other southeast locations, can only retain one fish per day.
Area 3A, with charter fishing trips out of Homer, Valdez, Kodiak and other locations in the central Gulf, has a two-fish bag limit.
A new limited-entry system for halibut charter operations will take effect in 2011, limiting the number of charter boats in the guided halibut sport fishery in Areas 2C and 3A.
For more information, visit the National Marine Fisheries Service website.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Help Support our Troops

The 4th Annual Armed Services Combat Fishing tournament is scheduled for May 27, 2010 in Seward, Alaska. An annual event since 2006, the event is supported by over 30 charter vessels, the tournament is a show of support for our military who have served our nation with honor in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters of war. The tournament was started in May of 2007 by local businessmen Capt. Bob Candopoulos, owner of Saltwater Safari Company and his friend, Keith Manternach, owner of Specialty Truck & Auto. It has become the largest event of its kind in the country. If you'd like to make a donation, CLICK HERE.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Chitina dipnet fishery declared a personal use fishery by the Alaska Board of Fisheries

Chitina Dipnet Fishery Declared a 'personal use' fishery by Alaska Board of Fisheries 

This March, the Alaska Board of Fisheries, with a 6 - 0 vote, reaffirmed the decision not to classify Copper River dipnetters as "subsistence" users. Chitina dipnetting will be a personal-use fishery subject to allocation restrictions in the event of poor salmon runs.

Board of Game & Board of Fisheries News

Alan Barette of Fairbanks rejected by legislature to sit on Alaska Board of Game 

Alan Barrette, a member of the Fairbanks Fish & Game Advisory Committee and owner of a local fur tannery, was appointed to the Alaska Board of Game by Governor Parnell in February to replace member Bob Bell.
Barrette sat on the Board during the Spring 2010 Region III meeting in Fairbanks, and voted on proposals, but was narrowly rejected for confirmation in April by a joint session of the Alaska legislature by a 31-27 vote.
Legislators indicated that the high volume of letters, emails, and testimony opposing Barrette, from non-consumptive users as well as hunters and guides, played a major role among those who voted in opposition to his confirmation.
Governor Parnell has not yet named another appointee.
Visit the Alaska Board of Game website for information on upcoming meetings and calls for proposals.

Board of Fisheries chairman Claude "Vince" Webster to serve  another 3-year term - new Board member from Talkeetna

Governor Parnell reappointed chairman Webster, of King Salmon, to the Board of Fisheries and he was confirmed by the legislature for another 3-year term.
Thomas Kluberton, of Talkeetna, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature, is the newest member of the Board of Fisheries. He replaces Howard Delo of Big Lake.

 Board of Fisheries member Janet Woods resigns

Janet Woods, the lone interior member on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, unexpectedly resigned in late March, less than a year after being appointed. Woods did not participate at the recent March meeting in Anchorage, citing work commitments, and was not yet confirmed by the Alaska legislature.
Governor Parnell has not yet named a replacement.
Visit the Alaska Board of Fisheries website for information on upcoming meetings and calls for proposals.

Friday, January 01, 2010

2010 Sportfishing Regulations Update

Halibut bag limits and regulation changes for halibut charter sportfishing in Southeast Alaska
Anglers wanting to go on a halibut fishing charter in area 2C (shown on map) in  southeast Alaska, which includes trips from Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau and other southeast locations, can only retain one fish per day.
Area 3A, with charter fishing trips out of Homer, Valdez, Kodiak and other locations in the central Gulf, has a two-fish bag limit.
A new limited-entry system for halibut charter operations will take effect in 2011, limiting the number of charter boats in the guided halibut sport fishery in Areas 2C and 3A.
For more information, visit the National Marine Fisheries Service website.